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  NCJ Number: NCJ 243294   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Evaluation of the Second Chance Act (SCA) Adult Demonstration 2009 Grantees, Interim Report
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Ron D'Amico ; Christian Geckeler ; Jennifer Henderson-Frakes ; Deborah Kogan ; Tyler Moazed
  Date Published: 08/2013
  Page Count: 113
  Annotation: This report presents the methodology and findings of an evaluation of the implementation of 10 Second Chance Act (SCA) adult demonstration grants for programs intended to improve reentry services for adult offenders.
  Abstract: Each SCA project targeted medium to high-risk adult offenders and enrolled participants well before release, just before release, or just after release. The focal point of project services across all 10 sites was case management that involved needs-based service planning and service coordination. Across the sites, case managers were specialized parole officers or employees of either municipal or nonprofit organizations. Other SCA services included education and training, employment assistance, substance abuse treatment, mental health services, cognitive-behavioral therapy, pro-social services, housing assistance, and other supportive services. These services were either provided directly by the case managers through formal agreements with service providers or through unfunded informal referrals to community agencies. The direct services model provided services tailored to participants. This required case managers to have specialized expertise, so it was used sparingly. The formal partnership model ensured priority access to services that participants needed, but was costly. The informal partnership model provided participants with access to a wide variety of community services, but often without close coordination with the SCA project. Each grantee used all three of these service delivery models. Grantees faced numerous challenges in developing projects, stemming partly from the difficulty in serving offenders and partly due to obstacles in mounting evidence-based reentry programming. The projects that overcame these challenges created strong foundations for sustainable systems change. The grantees included State departments of corrections, county sheriff’s offices, county health agencies, and other public agencies. Site visits to each grantee lasted 2 to 3 days each. Evaluators interviewed key managers and staff, conducted focus groups with program participants, and reviewed case files. 5 exhibits, 16 references, and appended grantee profiles and assessment tools
  Main Term(s): Criminology
  Index Term(s): Probation or parole agencies ; Ex-offender employment ; Parole ; Prerelease programs ; Program implementation ; Parole supervision ; Supportive housing ; NIJ final report ; Reentry
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2010-RY-BX-0003
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
  Type: Program/Project Evaluation ; Report (Grant Sponsored)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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